Fury is mounting within the Labor Party over Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to call five federal by-elections on the final day of the Labor Party’s biggest event of the year - its national conference on July 28.
The Advertiser reports, the date for elections is technically decided by the Speaker, Tony Smith, who takes advice from the Australian Electoral Commission, the body which oversees electoral fairness, but in reality it is a government decision made for its own best advantage.
The Labor accusation, which is not supported by evidence, is that the commission gave the Government the date it wanted and was an accomplice in causing major disruption for the Labor Party.
Senator Bernardi has told Andrew Bolt on Sky News the decision to hold the by-elections on the same day as the scheduled ALP national conference smells distinctly suspicious.
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